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Practise Retrieval Questions

In this worksheet, students will practise answering retrieval style questions in preparation for the SATs reading paper.

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'Practise Retrieval Questions' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Retrieval Questions

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Worksheet Overview

Welcome to this SATs reading activity! Over the course of this worksheet, you will practise how to answer retrieval type questions in preparation for the SATs reading test.


The SATs reading test will ask you to read and answer questions about three different texts.

These texts will be varied. They could be fictional, factual or poetry.


Retrieval questions come in different forms and will often begin with who, what, where, why or how.

When answering a retrieval question, you may find the answer very easy to find, you may have already text marked it or you may need to search a little harder.


Top tips when answering retrieval questions:

Use text marking! Look for names, places, dates, years in particular as these could all come in handy.

Do not guess. It can be so tempting to guess when answering this type of question but you must check back in the text again.

A retrieval question could begin with 'who '-  if it does, it is asking for a person, 'where' means it is asking for a place etc.


Don't be fooled into thinking that all retrieval questions are literal and easy to answer, you will probably have to look in detail at the text to find the answer.

Over to you now to spend some time practising how to answer retrieval questions based on different types of texts. Good luck!


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